11/05/2014 03:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

#AlexFromTarget Goes On 'Ellen,' Proves He Is Even Better In Real Life

Unless you've been living under a rock without WiFi for the past couple of days, then you know about #AlexFromTarget -- the teen who scanned items and stole the hearts of fangirls everywhere. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was lucky enough to snag the heartthrob-turned-meme for his first interview since going viral.

Alex recalled the moment he found out about his stardom. "My manager came up to me and she showed me the actual picture," he told DeGeneres, during a taping on Tuesday. "I thought it was fake."

Since gaining Internet fame, #AlexFromTarget, who normally goes by Alex Christopher LaBeouf (but that doesn't roll of the tongue as easily), has gained over half a million Twitter followers and even grabbed the attention of Nicki Minaj.

However, like most celebrities, Alex quickly discovered that fame comes with a price. On Tuesday evening, a marketing company called Breakr tried to take credit for the birth of #AlexFromTarget, though without the help of Alex or Target. Breakr CEO, Dil Domine Jacobe Leonares, stated in a LinkedIn post that Breakr was the force behind intentionally making Alex go viral.

Alex debunked those rumors on Twitter:

Well, we don't really care how #AlexFromTarget got onto our Twitter feeds -- we're just glad he did.

[h/t Slate]

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